Pane Bianco

Ingredients

DOUGH
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour*
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
FILLING
  • 3/4 cup shredded Italian-blend cheese or the cheese of your choice
  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes or your own oven-roasted tomatoes
  • 3 to 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, green or purple
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Apple Raisin Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 to 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups diced peeled apples
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
GLAZE:
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Sugar

Challah

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over barely warm water. Beat in honey, oil, 2 eggs, and salt. Add the flour one cup at a time, beating after each addition, graduating to kneading with hands as dough thickens. Knead until smooth and elastic and no longer sticky, adding flour as needed. Cover with a damp clean cloth and let rise for 1 1/2 hours or until dough has doubled in bulk.
  2. Punch down the risen dough and turn out onto floured board. Divide in half and knead each half for five minutes or so, adding flour as needed to keep from getting sticky. Divide each half into thirds and roll into long snake about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Pinch the ends of the three snakes together firmly and braid from middle. Either leave as braid or form into a round braided loaf by bringing ends together, curving braid into a circle, pinch ends together. Grease two baking trays and place finished braid or round on each. Cover with towel and let rise about one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Beat the remaining egg and brush a generous amount over each braid. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40 minutes. Bread should have a nice hollow sound when thumped on the bottom. Cool on a rack for at least one hour before slicing.

Tips: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Cornbread with Deep-fried Crispy Onions

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour
  • 200g cornmeal or instant polenta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • Large pinch cayenne pepper
  • 200g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 200ml buttermilk
  • 3 medium free-range eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
For the deep-fried spring onions
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 75g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 125g cornmeal or instant polenta
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced in half lengthways
  • Grated zest and juice 1 lime
For the chipotle mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp soured cream
  • 1-2 tsp chipotle chilli paste (we like Gran Luchito Mexico Smoked Chipotle Chilli Paste)
  • Juice 1 lime to taste

Tips: 20cm square cake tin, fully lined with non-stick baking paper

Baguettes

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 10g salt
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 370ml cool water
  • Olive oil for kneading

Directions

  1. Lightly oil a 2-3 litre square plastic container. (It’s important to use a square tub as it helps shape the dough.)

     

  2. Put the flour, salt and yeast into the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook (don’t put the salt directly on top of the yeast). Add three-quarters of the water and begin mixing on a slow speed. As the dough starts to come together, slowly add the remaining water, then continue to mix on a medium speed for 5-7 minutes, until you have a glossy, elastic dough.

     

  3. Tip the dough into the prepared tub. Cover with a tea towel and leave until at least doubled in size – about 1 hour.

     

  4. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment or silicone paper.

     

  5. Coat the work surface with a little olive oil, then carefully tip the dough onto it. Rather than knocking it back, handle it gently so you can keep as much air in the dough as possible. This helps to create the irregular, airy texture of a really good baguette. The dough will be wet to the touch but still lively.

     

  6. Divide the dough into 4 or 5 pieces. Shape each piece into an oblong by flattening the dough out slightly and folding the sides into the middle. Then roll each up into a sausage – the top should be smooth with ha join running along the length of the base. Now, beginning in the middle, roll each sausage with your hands. Don’t force it out by pressing heavily. Concentrate on the backwards and forwards movement and gently use the weight of your arms to roll out dough to the length of your oven trays.

     

  7. Place 2 or 3 baguettes on each baking tray. Put each tray inside a clean plastic bag and leave to prove for about 1 hour, until the dough is at least doubled in size and springs back quickly if you prod it lightly with your finger. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 220°C and put a roasting tray in the bottom to heat up.

     

  8. When your baguettes are risen and light, dust them lightly with flour. Then slash each one 3 times along its length on the diagonal, using a razor blade or a very sharp knife. Fill the roasting tray with hot water to create steam and put the bread into the oven. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the baguettes are golden brown and have a slight sheen. Cool on a wire rack.

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Tips: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Sunday Dinner Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 pinch white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, and a pinch of sugar.
  2. In another bowl, beat eggs in 1 cup warm water; add oil and salt. Mix egg mixture into yeast, and add sugar. Gradually add flour. Cover with a damp cloth, and allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour, then place in the refrigerator and allow to rise overnight. This dough is rather sticky, and will raise to at least twice it’s size.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each section out into a circle on a floured board or wax paper. Cut into pizza slice shapes, and roll slices large end to small end. Place on greased flat baking pans, and allow to rise for 2 hours.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8 minutes.